Finding the Right Carat for You

Posted on February 22, 2009 @ 2:18 am
by Daniel Joines

Carat, in the jewelry industry, is the term used to measure a diamond’s weight. Not to be confused with karat, which is measures the purity of gold alloys, one carat equals to 200 milligrams and is divided into 100 points.

While a carat can be used to determine the weight of a gemstone, having the same carat weight does not necessarily mean that the gems are of the same size.

Some diamonds are denser than others and can pack more weight into a smaller space. Also, a diamond’s appearance in size can be determined by the type of cut it has, making the seen surface bigger, thus possibly making a smaller diamond of less carat look bigger.

When taking about smaller diamonds than weigh less than a carat, the measurement is often expressed in points, for a total of 100 points per carat. So a diamond that is .25 carat is equal to 25 points.

Since large diamonds are rare and are in more demand than smaller diamonds of the same quality, they are much more expensive. For example, a 2-carat diamond would fetch a heftier price than 2 1-carat diamonds of the same quality.

So when looking at buying a diamond, it’s best to consider what carat you’re looking for. When comparing different diamonds, make sure that they are of similar quality and features.

Calculating the price per carat is a great way to compare costs of similar diamonds. Divide the cost of each stone by its carat weight to come up with its price per carat.

There are also other things to consider in terms of diamond carat and size when looking to buying a gemstone. The type of jewelry setting will also be important.

The most commonly purchased diamond piece is the engagement ring. When buying one, consider your budget and explore different options as there are a range of carats and sizes that will be within your budget.

A diamond can be an expensive and important purchase, so make sure that you explore all your options and research on diamonds before you buy one.

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